Wednesday October 28, 2020

Outstanding treatise on life and death

EVERYMAN By Philip Roth, Jonathan Cape, €14.60

17th June, 2006

Poet Norman McCaig writes of a hypothetical encounter with the last wolf to roam free in Scotland. The wolf lopes transiently into the 20th century and asks nothing but ‘‘why am I the last wolf in Scotland?” The poet understands this puzzlement, because he too is the last of his race ‘‘as you are, and she, and he’’.

The poem is an affirmation of self and an acceptance...

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